Another 500 acres burned in Custer State Park wildfire

CUSTER STATE PARK (KEVN) - Overnight, another 500 acres were burned in the Legion Lake Fire, according to a release from Custer State Park.

This puts the overall damage at 3,000 acres; and containment is still at zero percent.

A Type 2 fire management team is now in command.

The main objective Tuesday will include structure protection, scouting for potential fire lines, active mapping of the fire and prepping for preventative burnouts around Mount Coolidge Fire Tower on Highway 87.

Firefighters are also trying to keep the fire south of Highway 16A, west of Wildlife Loop Road, north of Ridge Road and Lame Johnny; and east of Highway 87.

Custer State Park remains closed. There is still concern about protecting the Blue Bell Lodge area, State Game Lodge, park headquarters, STAR Academy East and Legion Lake Lodge area.